Patriots look to settle AFC East

03 December 2017 21:09:54 GMTPlus11

The New England Patriots can essentially wrap up the AFC East Division title on Sunday when they travel to play the Buffalo Bills.

A victory over the Bills would give the Patriots a four-game lead over Buffalo with four to play and at least a split of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

New England has won seven in a row since stumbling to a 2-2 record out of the gate and what has been overlooked is that the Patriots have held all seven opponents to 17 points or less.

Last week it was the Miami Dolphins who fell 35-17 at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Quarterback Tom Brady completed 18-of-28 for 227 yards and four touchdowns while being picked off once.

Dion Lewis rumbled for 112 yards on 15 carries as the Patriots jumped out to a 14-point first quarter lead and were never really troubled after that.

New England, 1.20 to win the AFC, plays three of their five final regular season games on the road against the Bills, Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers before closing out the campaign by hosting the Bills and the New York Jets in Foxboro.

Buffalo on the other hand has a curious run-in facing the Patriots and the Dolphins twice each along with the Indianapolis Colts.

At one point Miami was 4-2 and looked a serious contender for a Wild Card place. However a 40-0 shut out at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens sent the Dolphins into a tailspin and defeats to the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Patriots followed.

The Patriots are 1.33 to win the Super Bowl early next year with the New Orleans Saints 4.00 and the LA Rams priced at 1213.00.

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